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The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has approved the appointment of Mr. Augustine Chilakpu as his Special Adviser on Labour Matters.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the Governor, Oguwike Nwachuku, Chilakpu is the South East Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress and currently an executive member of the NLC in Imo, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.
‘He has served in different capacities in the NLC, such as former member of the National Executive Council (NLC Federal), former Chairman, Constitutional Review Committee, (NLC Federal), Chairman of many NLC Committees on Negotiations and other industrial relation matters, among others.
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‘He will be expected to bring to bear in his new office, his many years of experience in the Labour sector in the interest of the people of Imo State.
‘Chilakpu hails from Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State and married with children.’
Recall that amid the ongoing tussle with the leadership of civil servants in Imo State, Uzodinma had earlier sacked the Commissioner for Labour and Productivity, Ford Ozumba.
The Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, in a statement made available to The Eastern Updates on Sunday, said the removal is with immediate effect.
The governor is said to have directed Ozumba to hand over all necessary documents to the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Productivity immediately.
Although no reason particular was given for the sack however, some sources say it may not be unconnected with the ongoing impasse between the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by Joe Ajaero and the Imo State Government.